Development and Access to Information

Abstract

Can access to information create more socially and economically inclusive societies? Given the unprecedented ability we have today to gather, use, create, and exchange information, how can we capitalize on the strengths of the information society to help combat poverty and inequality, make governments more transparent and accountable, improve gender equity, increase youth’s social and economic participation, and promote civic life in our communities? Development and Access to Information (DA2I) is a joint project between the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School that aims to address these questions and demonstrate how access to information and libraries contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This report is the first in a series of annual Development and Access to Information (DA2I) reports that will monitor the impact of access to information on a number of relevant SDGs and related targets. The overall objective of these annual reports is to bring together different voices to show the importance of access to information, in all its dimensions, in promoting more socially and economically inclusive societies. In order to accomplish this, this report establishes a baseline of access to information indicators to track progress over the lifespan of the SDGs Agenda (2015-2030) and examines the different ways in which access to information and libraries are contributing to advancing the SDGs, focusing specifically on the priority areas identified by the High Level Political Forum in 2017. This report demonstrates that meaningful access to information requires four key elements: (1) information and communications access infrastructure; (2) a positive social context for use; (3) sufficient capabilities in communities and their members; and (4) a favorable legal and policy landscape.

Recommended Citation

Garrido, M. & Wyber, S. Eds. (2017). Development and Access to Information. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA): The Hague.

Keywords

DA2I, development, access to information, United Nations (UN), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), libraries, IFLA, indicators